Thank You, DOE Small Businesses!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Houston, where I spoke at the DOE 17th Annual Small  Business Forum & Expo.  My breakout session on the Top 10 Legal Issues for Small Contractors covered a range of topics from enhanced debriefings to joint ventures.

A big thank you to Earl Morgan, Anita Anderson, and all the other organizers of this outstanding event.  And thank you, also, to everyone who attended my session and stuck around afterward to ask questions.

I’ll be in Wichita on June 5 to present a much longer version (a half-day!) of the Top 10 Legal Issues seminar.  To register, visit the Kansas PTAC website.  I hope to see you there!

Thank You, Michigan!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Flint, Michigan on Friday for the Region 6 PTAC’s Meet the Buyer event.  My luncheon keynote covered some of the most important recent developments for government contractors, including the SAM “hack,” some major pieces of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and much more.

A big thank you to Jasmine McKenney, Maureen Miller and their colleagues for inviting me to speak.  And thank you, as well, to everyone I met at the event–particularly those who stuck around after the keynote to ask such great questions.

Next up on the travel agenda: a flight south to Houston, where I’ll be presenting next week at the 17th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo.  Hope to see you there!

SmallGovCon Congratulates Matthew Schoonover!

I am very pleased to announced that Matthew Schoonover has been elevated to the partnership at Koprince Law LLC.

Since joining the firm in early 2015, Matt has worked tirelessly on behalf of government contractors across the country.  He’s developed a great reputation in the field and is regularly asked to speak at industry events (in fact, he’s on the road today for a government contracts conference in Texas).  Matt is also a regular contributor to SmallGovCon, where his “5 Things You Should Know” series is one of the blog’s most popular features.

Above all, Matt’s an all-around good person and embodies the values of ethics and professionalism that we strive to achieve every day.  Congratulations, Matt!

Thank You, APTAC!

I am back in Kansas after a fantastic trip to Jacksonville, Florida, where I spent yesterday at the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Spring Conference. My morning general session focused on important recent developments in government contracting–everything from key provisions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to the impact of the RAND Corporation’s bid protest report.

It was great to see so many familiar faces.  Thank you to all of the wonderful PTAC counselors who attended the session and asked great questions during the presentation and after.  A big thanks to Scott Knapp of our local Kansas PTAC, who provided a warm introduction.  And a special thank you to the attendees who took my advice and really did “live Tweet” about the great pink tie my daughter gave me last Father’s Day!

Spending time with the PTACers is always one of the highlights of my professional year.  If you’re a government contractor who hasn’t yet connected with your local PTAC, you’re missing out.  Visit the APTAC homepage to find out more.

Why Do People Keep Stealing My Books at GovCon Conferences?

It happened again this morning.  I was at a government contracts conference (which was great, by the way), and stepped away from my trade show booth for a few minutes.

While I was gone, someone stole one of my display copies of Government Contracts Joint Ventures, our new GovCon Handbook.  It’s not the first time a display copy of one of my books has been pilfered at an industry event.  Why do people keep stealing my books at government contracts conferences?

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Thank You, NACA!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Washington, DC where I attended the Native American Contractors Association 2017 Federal Contracting Policy and Advocacy Conference.  I was part of a great panel yesterday on the future of federal contracting.  The panel spoke about GAO bid protests, the move away from lowest-price technically-acceptable procurements, the need to improve the HUBZone program, and other important topics facing the contracting community in the years to come.

A huge “thank you” to Mike Anderson, Chelsea Fish, and the entire NACA leadership team for organizing this fantastic event and inviting me to participate.  And a big thanks also to everyone who attended the panel and stopped by the Koprince Law LLC booth.  It was wonderful to see so many old friends and make plenty of new ones.

Next on my travel agenda: the National Veterans Small Business Engagement.  If you will be attending the NVSBE, I look forward to seeing you in St. Louis.

Thank You, Utah!

I am back from a great trip to Salt Lake City, where I spoke at the Utah PTAC Symposium.  My talk at the symposium centered on prime/subcontractor teams and joint ventures–topics of ever-increasing interest for small and large contractors alike.

It was wonderful to see so many clients and old friends at the Symposium and meet so many new people, too.  A big “thank you” to Chuck Spence and his team at the Utah PTAC for organizing this event and inviting me to speak.  And thank you, also, to everyone who attended my seminar and stopped by the Koprince Law LLC booth to talk about government contracts.

I’ll be sticking around Kansas for a few weeks, although I’ll be making a short trip down to Wichita on Tuesday to give a half-day session on the SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protege Program, sponsored by the Kansas PTAC.  If you’re a Kansas contractor, I hope to see you there.